I was talking with a coworker about her national flag today and was intrigued by how simple it was.

Flag of Thailand

Flag of Thailand

That led me to wondering what was at the other end of the spectrum. Was the American flag a comparatively complex flag, or are there flags that put the stars and stripes to shame?

I went over to Wikipedia’s gallery of national flags and found some interesting ones.

Flag of Turkmenistan

Flag of Turkmenistan, apparently designed by a coalition of Turk grandmothers.

 

Flag of Somaliland

Flag of Somaliland. The writing at the top roughly translates to, "We are not Somalia."

 

Flag of Portugal

Flag of Portugal, featuring the ever-famous shield with castles and dominoes on top of the Universal Studios globe.

 

Flag of Afghanistan

Flag of Afghanistan, but don't be too impressed: you have plenty of time to come up with more elaborate designs when this is your 23rd flag design.

 

Flag of Montenegro

Flag of Montenegro, which is only slightly larger than the entire country of Montenegro.

 

Flag of Moldova

Flag of Moldova, a.k.a. the place where eagles kill cows and brag about it. ON A FLAG.

 

Flag of Kazakhstan

Flag of Kazakhstan, showing off the only two naturally occurring colors in the country

Flag of Fiji

Flag of Fiji. You really have to see the real dang big version to appreciate the detail.

 

Flag of Cambodia

Flag of Cambodia, showing off their anti-paratrooper architecture.

 

Flag of Bhutan

Flag of Bhutan. Definitely my favorite. No coat of arms, no tiny British flag anywhere. Just a dragon and his apples.

 

Flag of Andorra

Flag of Andorra, from a country which has so far not been sued by J.K. Rowling for pasting their own pictures over the Hogwarts crest.

 

Flag of Serbia

Flag of Serbia, featuring the legendary two-headed eagle reacting to Justin Bieber.

 

Flag of San Marino

Flag of San Marino, or maybe Camelot.

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